SPECTRES: Nothing to Nowhere: LP

I like this much, much better than the song (“Pattern Recognition”) on their split with the Arctic Flowers. On this record, the sound is more dark and gloomy. Even during their mid-tempo, slightly speedy songs, the darkness hangs heavy. Stylistically, the Spectres are a good mix of U.K. post-punk, L.A. death rock, and some Pornography-era Cure, Kaleidoscope-era Siouxsie. The bass figures heavily in the mix, with the guitars providing the atmosphere, and the vocals have a faraway sound. It’s interesting that despite all the dark and gray that this music conjures, I can’t help but get this feeling of hope while listening to it. Maybe that’s because it’s a great album? “Missing Time” has the potential to be a classic. Really, this whole album will hold up and stand the test of time. They’ve really honed their sound down and pulled out the stops on this one. The broody opening to “Return to the Sea” sink its hooks in deep. You have the tribal drumming, the galloping bass, and the guitar underscoring the gloom, all adding depth. I’m kind of all over the place with this review. But this album is great, and I’m pretty stoked on it to where I want to tell everyone around me, “Get this album! Put the other stuff back, and get this one!”

 –M.Avrg (Deranged, [email protected] / derangedrecords.com)